Not long after giving birth to their twin daughters, Kate started longing for a third child. She and Jon seriously considered adopting a little boy, but it never happened. According to Kate's 2004 memoir Multiple Blessings, Jon said the final "no", but they both knew in their hearts that it was not right for them. They ended up having their sextuplets shortly after that.
Shortly after announcing her divorce from Jon Gosselin in 2009, Kate publicly declared that she had done "everything I could to keep our family together." On her family's reality show, Jon and Kate Plus 8, she claimed that she wanted to talk it out with Jon and try to fix things, but he refused to speak to her, and he ordered her to get a divorce lawyer before she even realized what was happening. Jon, however, had a completely different story. Through an exclusive interview on Good Morning America in September 2009, he said that she initiated the divorce, while he spent thousands of dollars going to therapy/counseling, which she refused to attend with him. He also said that they eventually went to Dr. Phil together in California, but Kate's only concern was figuring out how to fix the image of the show itself, which ultimately meant hiding their marital issues from the world. Jon described the whole meeting with Dr. Phil as "weird."
Kate likes to take charge and keep order in her house.
Kate has three sisters named Kendra, Rissa, Chris and a brother named Kevin.
Kate had a tummy tuck in 2006, which was provided to her at no charge. Interestingly, her surgeon was Dr. Glassman, and shortly after Jon and Kate announced their split, Jon dated Dr. Glassman's daughter Hailey.
On June 22, 2009 Kate Gosselin and her husband, Jon, filed for a divorce in Pennsylvania after 10 years of marriage.
Kate and her husband Jon wanted to get married in Hawaii, but several family members were either unable or unwilling to take the long trip out there, so they decided to just have the wedding at home. Unfortunately, Jon's family couldn't be there, so during the 4th season of their reality show, they traveled to Maui and renewed their vows, and Jon's relatives all came.
Kate wore braces until she was 28 years old. She finally got them taken off in 2004, four months before she gave birth to her sextuplets.
Kate has eight children - Madelyn Gosselin and Cara Gosselin (b. 2001), Aaden Gosselin, Joel Gosselin, Collin Gosselin, Leah Gosselin, Hannah Gosselin, Alexis Gosselin (b. 2004).
Kate Gosselin: We will never feel normal again, TV show or not. Does anyone see a family with twins and sextuplets every day? No. It took me until the little kids were almost 2 to completely accept it.
Kate Gosselin: Just to put it out there, I am who I am. I do not care how you see me. Call me crazy, but it's out there because I'm not perfect, and I will never boast that I'm perfect. Everybody makes mistakes, and so...I'm not the expert. I am learning parenting as I go, just like every other parent, so if you want to watch the screaming and turn it off and be glad you have two kids, great.
Kate Gosselin: (in 2009, after Jon publicly said that he "despised" her) You know, of course everybody's asking me, is that upsetting? Does that bother you? Well, of course it bothers me. Am I going to return the favor [by saying that I despise him too]? Absolutely not. I never will. I am a high road taker, and...I'll continue to say it. I need to do this [show] for my kids. I need to continue on, and I need to, um, you know, whatever's gonna play out, they will see. I don't need to say it.
Kate Gosselin: (about her husband dating other girls immediately after filing for divorce) I didn't know he had it in him to act like this. Is he trying to take me down completely? I don't know. I can't figure it out...call me crazy, but deep down, I still have this hope that one morning, the phone will ring and it will be him, back to normal, just saying, "Hey, how are you?" or even, "Okay, that was really weird; aliens overtook me, but now I'm back." I didn't know how to describe it for a long time, but that explanation seems to work. Aliens have taken him away.
Kate Gosselin: (about marrying Jon at 24) If I could go back and talk to that young girl, I would say, 'Don't do it.' Of course I wouldn't change things, because then I wouldn't have my kids. But that doesn't mean that other things weren't regrettable. I got caught up with the fairy tale - people saying, 'You guys are like Barbie and Ken!' If we heard that once, we heard it a million times. But, wow, I was so young. I wanted to be a mom, and the rest is history.
Kate Gosselin: (in 2009) Let me be clear on this. There is not going to be a romance anytime soon for me. I barely have enough emotional energy for my kids, let alone anyone else...[but] it would be great, for the sake of my kids, for me to meet somebody who was upstanding, who had integrity. A real man. For my boys to have a role model like that would be wonderful.
Kate Gosselin: (in 2009) I may dress more fashionably now and put on make-up and take care of myself, but you know, my youngest kids are 5 years old. I'm not going to stay in T-shirts and sweatpants forever.
Kate Gosselin: (in 2009, when asked if she regrets ever putting her family on TV in the first place) I feel like in everybody's life, you make sacrifices. Everybody has to work. Everybody has a job. Ours is a very unique job. It's taught us many things. It's given our kids many opportunities they would not have otherwise had. They each have a substantial college fund. They will all go to college. I have made sure of that, and so I don't live my life in regret. I typically tend to look forward, not backward, and I still feel like this is a good thing. It's healthy, and the kids would agree.
Kate Gosselin: (in 2009) My kids are wonderful, amazing, healthy, normal developing kids. Anyone who meets them, they are best friends with in five minutes, and it's...I've said it before, and I'll say it again. My kids brighten people's lives. It is so neat to have people walk into our house and watch the "fall in love" process, because they are so genuine. They're so bright, intelligent, happy, and fun.
Kate Gosselin: (about her divorce) This is a situation that absolutely would have happened whether the cameras were here or not. I don't want people thinking we traded our marriage for fame. Ever. It's not a fair assumption.
Kate Gosselin: (about her children) I think to myself all the time, how did God know I wanted these exact eight kids? They're eight of the best kids in the world. They're just very resilient, adjustable kids. They're social and happy, and so forgiving...[their father] Jon has changed before their very eyes, but they love him. They just love him, because he's Daddy.
Kate Gosselin: (on telling her kids about her and Jon's divorce) Mady was something. She said, "I can't say this comes as much of a surprise. I could have guessed". But Cara just crumpled into tears. She was crying, and I was holding her in my arms like a baby...we kept it light and airy [with the sextuplets]. We just said, "Daddy's not going to live here sometimes, but he'll come back half the time, and we'll trade on and off"...they were like, "Oh, okay", and then they wanted to know what was for snack.
Kate Gosselin: You hear kids with divorced parents. They have these horror stories. I'm not naive. I know that my kids will come out of this, to a degree, with some sort of dysfunction. I'm not stupid...[but] I think they're also feeling some relief now. I'm hoping we'll get into a good situation with a good schedule set up, and it will start to fade away.
Kate Gosselin: (on her role in the deterioration of her marriage) Have I been hard on him over the last, you know, almost ten years that we've been married? Absolutely. I would never deny that. I would never. I mean, you have it on tape. So yeah, I've been really hard on him, and I've always regretted it. [But] have I pushed him to this? I don't feel like I have, because I feel like everybody is responsible for their own actions.
Kate Gosselin: (about being constantly scrutinized in the tabloids) We all look at those magazines, but do you ever think about the human being on the cover, and how that has affected everywhere they go and everything they do? No. I never did. I do now.
Kate Gosselin: (the hardest parts of separating from her husband) The label that we have failed, how we have become a statistic. How [our children] will be the kids who look back and, you know, say "My parents split up when I was 'fill-in-the-blank' age". And I really do not want to be alone. I don't want to do this alone, but if it's required, then I've got to do it...I will have a whole new empathy for people who [raise their kids alone]. It's not ideal. It's not anything you go into happily. From my perspective, it will be a new beginning. I will be doing those things that I once thought I didn't know how to do.
Kate Gosselin: (in 2009 about separating from her husband) I'm not fond of the idea, personally, but I know it's necessary, because my goal is peace for the kids, and if peace needs to be brought upon by this, then I am in agreement...even though it's gonna be hard for [the kids], and it's not what I wanted for them, and it's very difficult, it is going to be the best and most peaceful thing for them. There's a lot of happiness in the past. I hope that happiness continues...the show must go on...I will continue to be with the kids...I realize that Jon probably will not be a part of those. He'll be doing his own thing.
Kate Gosselin: (in 2009 after publicly spanking one of her 5-year-old daughters) Whether the paparazzi are around or not, I am a mother first. I love my children, and when they misbehave, I discipline them the way I deem appropriate for the given situation.
Kate Gosselin: Everything I do is for my kids. My kids are the reason I laid on bed rest [for months]. My kids are the reason that I wrote the books, and it's always about them, and I know that the books are about me, but...what you don't see is the family inside. It's a desperate desire for me to provide for my kids.
Kate Gosselin: Do I do everything perfectly? So no. You've seen it...but I have to be able to go to sleep at night and know I've done my best.
Kate Gosselin: This whole thing started, of course, when I wanted the third child...Jon was happy with two. That was the debate we always had - two or three. Two or three. But I just wanted that third one. Yeah. I bought one, got five free.
Kate Gosselin: (about the negative stories printed about her family) This is certainly not what I envisioned I was signing up for. When I see magazines in stores, it's really difficult. It amazes me that there is an industry that follows you around and writes stories about you. It destroys people's lives. I need you to know, don't believe what you read unless you hear it from that person.
Kate Gosselin: (about the dark side of her show and fame) Everybody says, "Just quit and go away", but I am hesitant to do that, because I don't think that would make Jon happy either. And so I step up for the needs of my kids. I carry a huge weight on my shoulders. This must go on, because I need to be able to provide for my kids.
Kate Gosselin: (about meeting fans at book signings) They were in tears as I signed their books. I don't get it. I'm just a parent who's doing her best, not unlike a lot of moms out there. I just happen to have a few more kids than the average.
Kate: (about the negative e-mails that she and Jon receive) If there's one hint of bad, we delete, because we don't need that. We know we're doing the best for our family, and I'm sorry if you're unhappy. How about that? I'm not always happy with what you see [on the show], nor is Jon. But we are certainly not going to hide our imperfections.
Kate Gosselin: (about how long "Jon and Kate Plus 8" will last) We re-evaluate with our kids at the beginning of each year and pray about it. When we decide that it's no longer safe or happy or fun, we'll be done.